Self Improvement Through Craft

Very simply put, I believe that we can improve our character through crafty adventures. From cross stitch to ceramics and from woodworking to scrapbooking, we all benefit from the concentration, the patience, and the sheer FUN of crafts.

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So here at Ancora Crafts you’ll find me digging into some inspiring resources, interviewing fellow crafty people, and sharing some crafts that your better nature might find irresistible.

About Meme

I’m Catherine and I started making my own needlework designs when I was about 10. I started out stitching in plastic canvas and paper and shifted into needlepoint and cross stitch. I’ve also made quilts, done some scrapbooking, and created jewelry, but quite simply, I am happiest when I have a needle and thread in hand. Other things about me:

  • I have an engineering degree and worked for a large international engineering and construction company for 15 years.
  • My husband and I travel quite a bit, mostly in Western Europe and the U.S.
  • I’m one of those people who can watch movies over and over again. I love the good ones like “American Beauty,” the funny ones like “Airplane,” and the stupid ones like “Commando.”
  • I can recite most of George Carlin’s 1972 “AM & FM” album from memory.
  • I think there’s very little you NEED in order to live and be happy. Most of this stuff is just icing on the cake!

Ancora Imparo

…is a quote attributed to Michelangelo, the Italian architect, painter, poet, and sculptor. Roughly translated, it means “I am still learning,” which, in my opinion, is a darn good philosophy.

Contact Information

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Note: For some great stories of self improvement through crafts, you need go no further than an amazing program in the U.K. prison system called Fine Cell Work. Especially remarkable is the testimonial from a man named Andy.


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